Navistar, Indigen Armor and SAIC launch USSOCOM GMV offering

24 May 2012 (Last Updated May 24th, 2012 03:45)

Navistar Defense, Indigen Armor and SAIC have unveiled a special operations tactical vehicle for the US Special Operations Command's (USSOCOM) Ground Mobility Vehicle (GMV) 1.1 programme.

Navistar Defense, Indigen Armor and SAIC have unveiled a special operations tactical vehicle for the US Special Operations Command's (USSOCOM) Ground Mobility Vehicle (GMV) 1.1 programme.

The vehicle was unveiled at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) and Exposition, being held in Tampa, Florida, US, from 22-24 May 2012.

Navistar Defense president, Archie, Massicotte said: "Together we have a sophisticated design ready now that meets transportability and mature platform requirements while providing unprecedented mobility."

Indigen Armor president and former Navy SEAL, John Choate, said as a former special operator, he had prior knowledge of how much importance vehicle mobility and transportability holds for USSOCOM missions.

"This knowledge helped us bring to the table a mature, purpose-built and tested tactical vehicle platform when developing our team's GMV 1.1 offering," Choate said.

SAIC senior vice president and business unit general manager, Glenn Giacomo, said: "Coupled with our high-performance supply chain management solutions, our offering results in outstanding logistics response times and the highest level of reliability, while reducing life cycle costs."

Developed from Indigen Armor's Non-Standard Tactical Truck (NSTT), the newly launched special operations tactical vehicle offers maximum off-road speed and mobility in a variety of terrains including desert, jungle, mountain and arctic environments.

The vehicle features government furnished command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) suite and is fully air-transportable in an armoured and mission-ready state aboard an M/CH-47 Chinook helicopter.

According to Navistar, the vehicle's chassis, suspension, powertrain and armoured occupant safety cell are specifically designed to carry large payloads in three-man, five-man and seven-man variants across rough landscapes.

GMV 1.1 programme aims at development of a standardised combat vehicle, to provide support for the USSOCOM missions including direct action, special reconnaissance, unconventional warfare, counterterrorism, security force assistance and counterinsurgency missions.

The programme requires initial fielding of 200 vehicles per year over a period of five years, with field evaluations planned for January 2013, followed by full rate production award in January 2014.